Prime Minister Gordon Brown has highlighted the Mobile Phone Security Challenge, a competition to develop new ways to secure mobile phones against fraudsters, as a key part of his new crime strategy.
The competition, which offers £400 000 to teams of designers and technology experts to develop designs, is run by the Design Council, the Home Office and the Technology Strategy Board.
Unveiling his crime strategy yesterday, Brown referenced the scheme as he outlined measures to combat burglary and robbery.
He referred to it as ‘a partnership with the mobile phone industry, to design in features which will make phones worthless for anyone who steals them – in the same way we worked with car manufacturers ten years ago to revolutionise in-built protection against theft’.
The deadline for applications to the competition is 22 May.